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Our investment in infrastructure

We are upgrading our inpatient facilities and have already started creating community hubs to relocate community teams from older buildings into new buildings with improved facilities. This is also enabling closer working relationships to develop between teams, leading to idea sharing and support. We have opened community hubs for Reigate and Banstead and Surrey Heath and we are currently considering options for the delivery of community services in other boroughs.

Our culture

In our most recent survey:


Each of us works hard as part of one team to reach our mission of improving the mental and physical health and well being of people so they can enjoy a better life. We are proud to lead our communities in challenging stigma and developing their role in improving mental health support.

We look to the future and create simple solutions that will help people and their families live their lives well, which means we bring our personalities to work and get involved with what is going on around us.

A diverse mix of voices leads to better decisions and outcomes for everyone, so empowering individuals is at the heart of everything we do. We are partners working together and collaborating in care.

The Trust is a Mindful Employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Be part of our team & make a difference

We work in a fast paced environment with everyday offering new challenges and opportunities. Our employees come from all walks of life but share a common approach and mission .

We know that a happy workforce improves patient care and so we want you to enjoy your work. We have been in the HSJ 100 best places to work for two years running. We pride ourselves on providing high quality person centred services, which stem from a commitment to staff development, continuous improvement and encouraging innovation and research.

Here at Surrey and Borders we have a reputation for being innovative and forward thinking. Our vision and values are at the heart of our core purpose to deliver excellent and responsive assessment, treatment and care.

We recognise that people are our most important asset and we support staff in a range of ways including flexible working and access to a subsidised day nursery.



Our vision and values

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Our Vision and Values were created as a result of a series of conversations which were held in 2005 to consider the ways in which we should be working. Over 600 people participated in these conversations, including staff, people who use services, their carers and families, county council and social care staff, local voluntary groups, Primary Care Trusts, our regulators and independent and private providers of services.

The statements around these headings are quotes from the conversations where people described what they would like their experience of the Trust to be. The Trust Board and Executive Team are committed to ensuring that our Vision and Values guide how we work and how we make our decisions. We are actively using them to test how well we are performing and we will be using them increasingly as a basis for seeking the views of staff, people who use services and carers on how we are doing.

Our inspirational staff


Sam Gooniah: Sector Manager North West, Older People





“I have been afforded great opportunities to develop as a nurse working with people in a mental health crisis and their carers in the community or on the wards. It has been a great and enriching experience working in the Crisis House, Crisis Helpline, Home Treatment Teams, mental health wards and in the acute hospitals in Surrey. The Trust has been very supportive of my professional development, enabling me to undertake further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psychosocial interventions and being an independent non-medical prescriber. I have embraced the chance to combine my clinical nursing experience with a variety of managerial posts such as team leader, ward manager, modern matron and service manager.“

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Vusiszwe joined Surrey and Borders as a Bank Health Care Assistant during his time as a Surrey University student. Once Vusiszwe graduated in 2013 he joined the Trust as a Staff Nurse in the Abraham Cowley Unit. Two years later Vusiszwe took a Band 6 development role with the Home Treatment Team and has recently started working in a new role within Criminal Justice.

“Surrey and Borders is very supportive of development and there are lots of opportunities to learn and grow. I am very happy at the Trust.“

india-ray.jpgIndia Ray: Recovery College Senior Clinician

India joined our Trust as a Band 5 Staff Nurse three years ago after working shifts with us through NHS Professionals as a student nurse. Whilst working as a Staff Nurse India was seconded two days a week to work in Electroconvulsive Therapy. This gave India an opportunity to gain more experience in an area of interest to her. India went on to complete a Level 3 diploma and is now starting a new role as a Band 6 Senior Recovery Clinician at the Recovery College.


“Surrey and Borders offers a supportive environment. My preceptor was fantastic and helpful. I was given lots of responsibility in the role. The ward is busy but my manager is brilliant, caring for the staff and encouraging us to develop.”